No. Classes on campus have been suspended as of Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The informed decision was announced by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in an effort to protect the health of students and the wider community in Qatar.
HBKU is in the process of conducting classes on a digital platform and students are advised to coordinate to work with faculty members in this regard.
Students will continue their learning and education remotely until the end of this semester in coordination with your faculty members. Colleges and faculty are working with students in regard to course requirements and grading arrangements.
Following the most recent guidance provided by the MOPH and as a precaution to safeguard the health and safety of the HBKU community, access to all HBKU buildings and facilities has been restricted as of Thursday, March 12, 2020.
We request that all our students refrain from accessing any HBKU facilities until further notice. For urgent exceptions, kindly coordinate with your college.
As a precautionary measure, international students are encouraged to travel back to their home countries. International travel advisories continuously change, and more flight destinations are being canceled and airports shut down. These restrictions are likely to affect your ability to travel by the summer.
For those who decide to travel back, your housing facility has provided an express-checkout system, which you can inquire about from the Student Housing focal point at . Your respective colleges have undertaken to cover your flight ticket expenses to your countries and to facilitate your exit permits in a timely manner.
For students who are unable to travel back due to flight cancellations or difficult conditions in your home country that might affect your studies, you are more than welcome to remain in your dormitories. The University will continue to ensure your wellbeing, and all services will be provided to you as usual.
National students outside the country would need to adhere to the national policies in place in that country with the readiness of the country's embassies to provide the necessary services, including facilitating the procedures for returning to the State of Qatar if needed.
Following a meeting of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Crisis Management regarding further precautionary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), all incoming flights to Hamad International Airport are suspended starting from Wednesday, March 18, for an initial period of 14 days.
To this end, international students are requested to continue their studies remotely and should contact their college focal point for further inquiries/arrangements.
For all HBKU student-related queries regarding COVID-19, you can call Student Affairs on any of the numbers below:
In order to safeguard the health and safety of the HBKU community amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, a decision has been taken to postpone or cancel events, both locally and internationally, from now until the end of June 2020.
Events scheduled to take place after June will be evaluated in the coming weeks as we continue to monitor the situation.
Given the developing situation, HBKU buildings are closed to all employees and visitors until further notice.
Classes on campus have been suspended as of Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Faculty members are advised to coordinate class schedules remotely and are expected to continue conducting classes through HBKU’s digital workspace.
The suspension of classes was announced by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in an effort to protect the health of the wider community in Qatar.
Given the developing situation, HBKU buildings are closed to all employees. Faculty, researchers and staff have been advised to work remotely until further notice and are expected to continue fulfilling their duties in coordination with their respective line managers. Members involved in critical business functions are required to operate on site and will be informed accordingly.
Qatari employees outside the country would need to adhere to the national policies in place in that country with the readiness of the country's embassies to provide the necessary services, including facilitating the procedures for returning to the State of Qatar if needed.
Employees affected by the travel restrictions are advised to continue working remotely until further notice. Members are requested to contact HBKU Human Resources (HR) and inform their line managers accordingly for further steps.
With the remote working approach, the University remains fully committed to ensuring research and educational continuity.
To support our community members during the period of remote working, students, faculty, researchers and staff have access to a number of tools online. Click here to view the list of resources available.
Line managers are requested to oversee workflow to serve their unit function and continue to be as effective as possible while operating remotely; ensuring employee work hours are met and team assignments are completed.
Please refer to the QF remote guidelines here.
We understand that some of our employees might have been impacted by the travel restrictions. We advise them to continue to work remotely and contact HBKU HR as per the details below, and copy their line managers for further necessary actions:
We recommend that faculty, researchers and staff limit their personal travel plans. However, should they wish to do so (at their own risk), please note the precautions set by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH).
HR electronic requests will continue to be processed through the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, which can be accessed through eservices.qf.org.qa
For further HR-related queries, please contact your HR focal points:
COVID-19 has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), and treatment is therefore not covered under insurance companies worldwide, including QF’s insurance policy with Qatar Medical and Life Insurance (QLM). Instead, treatment for any COVID-19 cases will be offered by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). By using your public health card, you can utilize the services of any public healthcare hospital or medical center in Qatar.
The MOPH recommends following simple practices to protect yourself and others from coronavirus:
If you have recently visited any country where cases of the coronavirus have been reported, and you have begun developing signs and symptoms of respiratory infections, please call the MOPH hotline on 16000. You can also visit the MOPH Website here for the latest information and health advice.
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
HBKU employees can follow a number of best practices for business continuity: